Category: Fearless Farm Frau

Chickens face challenges, too

It ain?t easy being a chicken. Especially one of my chickens. I?m really glad they can?t read about those pet chickens that are so popular now. You know, the ones who have heated coops with padded perches, get daily gourmet meals prepared by a chef, and whose owners actually believe that chicken sweaters are a cute and useful item. Some […]

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In this rough world, don?t forget the good

I find myself having some trouble getting into the Christmas mood this year. Somehow it just seems wrong to sing ?White Christmas? or ?Let It Snow? ?or most Christmas songs, for that matter?when you?re walking around in short sleeves and soaking up sunlight. As a kid, it always seemed that Christmas was the bright snowy time that one looked forward […]

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Keeping pace with the munchies supply

The weather has been remarkably cooperative recently, so we?ve been trying to catch up on all of those outdoor projects that, just yesterday, it seemed like we had all summer to do. Of course, in the midst of all of the added activities, some things seem to slip through the cracks. Plan?ning birthdays and holidays around chores, or vice versa, […]

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Storm has passed, but not the craziness

I?d say it?s been a quiet month, but you?d have to take it with a grain of salt. Of course, compared to last month and the microburst that hit us head on, just about anything is quiet. We?re starting to whittle down the piles of limbs (ha!), we?ve located the chickens, and fixed the horse fence. I?ve been gunning for […]

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Sometimes we need to depend on others

When we?re young, most of us can?t wait to grow up. We?ll know everything there is to know, and we won?t need help or permission to do whatever we want to do. We spend our childhood, teenage years, and even most of young adulthood, chasing the elusive specter of complete independence. If we do this one more thing, we think, […]

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Memo to spiders: Let?s try to get along

Have you ever looked at your calendar and gone into instant denial? No, it can?t be today, it was only June yesterday. Maybe I should run out and accost someone and demand to know what year it is. This summer sure has gone cruising by. What with swimming, county fair and school shopping, fall seems to be sneaking up on […]

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Harking back to my Mennonite cuisine

I know I need another hobby like I need a hole in the head, but I?m really thinking about taking up woodworking. With all the floods going on lately, you can never tell when a mini-Ark might come in handy. I wonder if there?s a market for pontoon barns? Well, probably not. I should stick with what I?m good at, […]

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We?ve come a long way in 200 years

I often wonder what life was like 200 years ago. Not the amazing things, mind you, but the daily grind for someone like me. For example, take a simple cup of morning coffee. I turn off the electric bedside alarm, head to the kitchen, turn on the tap, fill the coffee pot with water and coffee grounds, and hit the […]

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Cats earn their keep at times

Useful pets seem to be the theme for me lately. Some of you might remember being introduced to our new house cat Jack a while ago. For the rest of you, Jack is a huge black cat that my stepdad found and gave us after our previous elderly cats had passed on. I?m a firm believer in having a house […]

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A friend worth crowing about

Friendship is truly wonderful. It always seems like such a random thing, to find someone you genuinely like, who just happens to like you back. Properly nurtured, it can be a lifelong treasure. I find that I?ve made some of my best friends in highly unlikely places. Take Albus, for instance. This relationship began by accident. Our eyes met across […]

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